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Emma PITTS (1966-2006)

Name: Emma PITTS1
Sex: Female
Father: Stephen L. PITTS (1942-1997)
Mother: PRIVATE ( - )

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth Q2 1966 Exmouth, Devon, England
Death Jun 2006 (age 39-40) Malaga, Malaga, Spain
Report of the inquest into Emma's death held in England three years later
Exmouth woman's Spanish death mystery
Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 07:02
MYSTERY continues to surround the death of an Exmouth woman at her Spanish home in 2006.
An inquest heard yesterday that Emma Pitts, 40, who had a history of accidental drug overdoses and depression, was found dead surrounded by empty boxes of medicine.
But Dr Elizabeth Earland, the Central Devon and Exeter coroner, said there was “insufficient evidence” to suggest that she intended to take her own life.
The former marketing manager was born in Exmouth, but had been living in Malaga with her 15-year-old daughter and partner since 2003. She died in July 2006 and was found by her partner in their bungalow.
Forensic experts and police found boxes of medicine — including up to 30 empty boxes of painkillers, plus bags from various chemists.
The initial investigation suggested that Miss Pitts had died from drug poisoning and a subsequent haemorrage.
But the results of a postmortem, carried out in Spain, said the cause of death was “inconclusive”.
A few days before her death, Miss Pitts had been complaining of stomach pains, according to her partner, who was not named.
The day before her death she is also said to have been feeling unwell and to have taken medication.
A subsequent toxicology report stated that Miss Pitts had traces of painkillers and sleeping pills in her system, as well as a muscle relaxant.
But the drugs found in Miss Pitts’ body were not of a “toxic level” so a drug overdose could not conclusively be given as the cause of death. Dr Earland concluded that although Miss Pitts had taken accidental overdoses in the past, there was no evidence that an overdose was taken in this instance.
The coroner said evidence provided by witnesses suggested Miss Pitts had been suffering from depression for three years prior to the incident, and had a history of prescription drug use.
In 1986 she was admitted to hospital following an overdose and in May 2006 she was treated for a further overdose.
Dr Earland apologised to Miss Pitts’ family for the length of time the inquest had taken, but explained that that this was usual for an overseas death.
Recording an open verdict, she said: “There is insufficient evidence to come to a conclusion.”

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